Conn. lawmakers pass sweeping gun control measures

Connecticut lawmakers have approved wide-ranging legislation in response to last year’s deadly school shooting in Newtown, including gun control measures that ban the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines and more than 100 weapons that previously had been legal.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican, who represents Newtown, Conn., is embraced by Conn. Sen. Toni Boucher, who represents western coast towns of the state, after passage of gun-control measures in the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., April 3, 2013

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican, who represents Newtown, Conn., is embraced by Conn. Sen. Toni Boucher, who represents western coast towns of the state, after passage of gun-control measures in the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., April 3, 2013 / AP

Following hours of respectful and at times somber debate, the House and the Senate voted in favor of the 139-page bill crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.

The House gave its blessing in the early morning Thursday after more than seven hours of debate, reports CBS Hartford, Conn. affiliate WFSB. The Senate had passed the legislation Wednesday.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who plans to sign it at noon on Thursday.

Some of the measures take effect right away. Those include expansion of the state’s assault weapons ban, background checks for all firearms sales and a ban on the sale or purchase of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The bill also addresses mental health and school security measures.

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